Enjoy an afternoon of tasting under the oak trees along Mission Creek as the premier wineries of the Central Coast congregate at the annual Santa Barbara Wine Festival, a major fundraiser for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Held outdoors on the beautiful campus of the Museum at 2559 Puesta Del Sol Road, Santa Barbara on Saturday, June 27 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, guests will sip, swirl and savor a variety of wine from over 50 wineries complemented by tasty hors d’oeuvres and desserts from famed local restaurants, farm-to-table caterers and other top shelf food purveyors.
Participating wineries include: Alexander and Wayne, Alma Rosa Winery, Andrew Murray Vineyards, Arthur Earl, Au Bon Climat, Avelina Wine Company, Babcock Winery and Vineyards, Beckmen Vineyards, Bedford Winery and Vineyards, Black Sheep Finds/Holus Bolus, Blair Fox, Brander Vineyard, Brewer-Clifton, Byron, Cambria, Cargasacchi, Carr Vineyards and Winery, Cebada, CORE, Crawford Family Wines, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Dierberg Estate Vineyard, Epiphany Cellars, Falcone Family Vineyards, Feliz Noche Cellars, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Fiddlehead Cellars, Flying Goat Cellars, Foxen, Gainey Vineyard, Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Jamie Slone Wines, Kalyra, Ken Brown Wines, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Kita Wines (Chumash Tribe), Koehler Winery, Kunin, Larner Wines and General Store, Margerum Wine Company, Melville, Mosby Winery & Vineyard, Municipal Winemakers, Oreana, Palmina, Qupé, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Refugio Ranch, Sagebrush Annie’s, Santa Barbara Winery, Silver Wines Star Lane Vineyards, Sunstone Vineyards and Winery,
Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tercero Wines, Toucan Wines, Transcendence Wines, Vogelzang,
Whitcraft Winery, The Winehound, and Zaca Mesa Winery.
“This is a wine-focused festival. However, we have a large array of top-shelf food purveyors, many of whom are especially paired with wineries that complement one another,” said Festival Chair, Meridith Moore. “It is exciting because many of the winemakers and chefs are present and available for the guests to meet and discuss the qualities of their varietals and menu items – just another example of why this has become one of the most beloved wine festivals on the Central Coast and the one to attend.”
Participating food purveyors include: Arch Rock Fish, Barbareno, Benchmark Eatery, Bob’s Well Bread, Brophy Bros., Ca Dario, C’est Cheese, Cinnies, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Country Catering, Coveted Cakery, Finch and Fork, FreezerMonkeys, Funk Zone Patio, Georgia’s Smoke House BBQ, Il Fustino, Jessica Foster Confections, Le Sorelle, Michael’s Catering, Omni Catering, The Outpost at Goodland Hotel, Pacific Pickle Works, Paloma Restaurant, Renaud’s Patisserie, Sama Sama Kitchen, Santa Barbara Tamales To Go, Tartisan, The Shop, The Stonehouse, Truffle Gatteau, Via Maestra 42, and Village Modern Foods.
Among the delectable menu items scheduled to be sampled are: Braised Short Rib Meatballs (Michael’s Catering); Oyster Shooters (Brophy Bros.); Savory Tarts (Tartisan); Homemade Tamales (Santa Barbara Tamales To Go); Sage and Butternut Squash Raviolis (Ca Dario); Organic Popsicles (FreezerMonkeys); Cheese Tastings from around the World (C’est Cheese); Hand-rolled Truffles (Jessica Foster Confections); and Mini Cupcakes (Coveted Cakery); to name a few.
The Santa Barbara Wine Festival is a ticketless event. Guests 21 and older may purchase admission on the Museum’s website (www.sbnature.org). All guests must present a valid identification for admittance. Guests without valid identification will not gain access to the Wine Festival. Admission purchased by Friday, June 26 prior to 5:00 PM is $70 for Museum members and $95 for non-members. If available, admission may also be purchased at the door the day of the Festival for $105. The Santa Barbara Wine Festival also offers a Designated Driver Program, where guests accompanying at least one ticket holder who have agreed to the guidelines of the program are granted complimentary admittance to the Wine Festival. As a Designated Driver, guests will wear a badge to signify “No Alcohol” and will not receive a tasting glass.
Guests in attendance are also invited to participate in the “Every Cork Wins” raffle, where all participants win a prize. For $30 to pull a cork, participants are guaranteed to win a prize worth at least $30, many of which are valued at $100 and above. All proceeds from this event benefit the Museum’s exhibits and education programs.
In efforts to control traffic in and around the Museum on the day of the Wine Festival, the Museum is offering free parking at three designated offsite parking lots and round trip shuttle service to and from the Wine Festival. For those guests who prefer to park in the Museum lot, a limited number of parking passes are available online for $20. We recommend that guests walk, taxi, Uber, or be dropped off as the best ways to get to the Wine Festival.
The Santa Barbara Wine Festival is sponsored by The Berry Man, Inc., Classic Party Rentals, Mission Wealth Management, Riviera Insurance Services, Real Water, and OnQ Financial. For more information and to purchase admission for the Santa Barbara Wine Festival, please visit www.sbnature.org/winefestival.